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EPIAn Ways December 2003

EPIAn Ways December 2003

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Published by: Echo Park Improvement Association on Jul 13, 2010
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Echo Park Improvement Association
 Meets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each Monthin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Park
Echo Park scored a major success last month,pulling off its first-ever Historic Echo Park HomeTour, a daylong event that introduced residents andvisitors alike to houses built over a 75-year span fromone end of the neighborhood to the other.An estimated 350 people turned out for the tour,titled "Restored, Remodeled and Remade," acollection of ten homes that ranged in style from1880s Victorian all the way to a 1965 mid-centurymodern duplex. Tour goers arrived in a steadystream throughout the day, asking questions aboutEcho Park history, historic preservation and ofcourse, about the homes themselves.Even Huell Howser, a well-known television
personality and a chronicler of California¹s people,
places and events, showed up with a camera to takepart in the tour. The event has already aired twiceon KCET-
TV, L.A.’s public television station, as partof Howser¹s 30
-minute program, "Our Neighbor-hoods."The tour was staged by the Echo Park HistoricalSociety, with much-needed help from volunteersacross Echo Park, Highland Park and Eagle Rock. Itwas designed to promote efforts to preserve and
restore Echo Park¹s architectural past  rebuilt wood
windows, built-in cabinetry, clapboard siding.Some homes were well-preserved, while othershad been dramatically redesigned in ways that hon-ored their location and style. But almost all weremodest two-bedroom homes, typical of our neighbor-
hood. The tour captured our neighborhood’s style,from the charming bake sale held on one home¹s
porch to the incredible lack of parking on our narrow,winding streets. Tour goers took in stride the suddenshortage of tour programs, with some agreeing to
drive to House of Spirits  where new brochures werebeing photocopied  to pick them up.
 Proceeds from the tour will go to the Echo ParkHistorical Society. Some of the funds will go towardthe purchase of a scanner to reproduce familyphotos, while another portion will be earmarked forthe purchase of archival materials. A certainamount, yet to be determined, will be held in reservefor future projects and events.The EPHS extends a thank-you to the dozens whohelped put on the tour and to those who purchasedbrochure ads. See you next year (we hope)!
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For only $10 a month you can help reduce the largeamounts of graffiti and tagging that appear over theweekends in Echo Park and Angelino Heights.Neighborhood residents and groups, including theEcho Park Improvement Association and the EchoPark Security Association, have pledged $10 a monthto finance the Graffiti-Free Weekend program. Themoney goes directly to Central City Action Committee,the local nonprofit agency charged with graffiti cleanup in our area, to hire a paint-out crew member onSaturday and Sunday mornings. The neighborhood'smajor streets--including Echo Park Avenue, GlendaleBoulevard, Sunset Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue-getpriority.The weekend graffiti crew starts its work at sunriseto clean up graffiti before it becomes noticeable tomost residents. The early shift also helps minimize thepotential threat of being encountered by taggers. Thecrew drives the main streets looking for tagging andalso cleans up locations called in by residents.The results have been impressive. During one nine-month period, the weekend crew painted out nearly40,000-square-
feet of graffiti. That¹s the equivalent of
a 10-foot-high wall stretching for nearly three-quartersof a mile. The figure does not include countless lampposts, traffic signals and guard rails that were alsocleaned up on the weekends.Not only does the neighborhood look better, but thepotential for youth violence that is connected tograffiti and tagging is also reduced.On the days the weekend graffiti crew is off becauseof holidays or illness, there is a noticeable increase intagging and graffiti.If it were not for the Graffiti-Free Weekendsprogram, all that tagging that takes place on Fridayand Saturday night would have stayed up for daysuntil it would have been reported and painted out. Bybeing pro active, residents have been able to make adifference by making the neighborhood moreattractive and safer.Residents and business owners interested insupporting the program should call EPIA at (323) 882-4835. The $10 a month donation is billed quarterly.
Keep Echo Park Graffiti Free on the Weekend

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